How to get the most out of 1-to-1 projects

99designs is known for their design contests. But when a client knows exactly who he likes to work with, the contest format isn’t always the best way to go. Thus, the birth of 1-to-1 projects. You may have already heard about 1-to-1 projects from 99designs. It’s an online workspace where you  interact one-on-one with your... Read More

August 22nd By

10 must-have iPhone apps for designers

Every year brings better additions to the design community. This can be anything from new resources like textures and brushes to new design trends making the rounds. We even get an arsenal of new web and mobile applications every few weeks, which is making it a lot easier to get things done without being tied down... Read More

August 21st By

Gestalt principles and the psychology of design

The word “gestalt” gets thrown around a lot in design. Taken from the German word for “form” or “shape,” it often refers to the overall look of something that is greater than the sum of its parts. In psychology, gestalt refers to the basic principles that allow us to visually perceive order. These principles are fundamental building... Read More

August 12th By

3 client-friendly ways to create text editable files

When your client asks for text editable files at the end of a design project, it can always be a bit tricky. You still want your document design to look professional after the client has handled the file, but most clients don’t have a working knowledge of professional software like Adobe Illustrator or InDesign. It simply... Read More

August 6th By

5 essential tips for drafting your next design contract

If you enjoyed drafting contracts and negotiating terms, you probably would have gone to law school instead of becoming a designer. Little did you know you would end up having to play both parts. There’s no getting around it: If you want to protect yourself and your product in your freelance design work, you had... Read More

August 5th By

Rounding up the latest design news from July

You might be too old for school (or that sweet summer break is coming to a close), but these warm months still feel like a time of transition for everyone. The design world is no different. July heralded big brand changes, ground-breaking design, company expansions and so much more. Read on below for the juiciest bits... Read More

August 4th By

Our favorite July articles from 99U

99U is known for being a great inspirational resource for creative types. That’s why we’re teaming up with them once again to showcase some of our favorite articles off of their site. For July, that means interviews with legendary artists, tips for amping up your creative energy, and ways that big companies are solving big problems... Read More

August 1st By

9 communication tips to save your next design project

If you’re a designer, communicating with clients is an essential part of your job. But it’s not always easy, and at times it can be downright frustrating – both for you and for the client. Ineffective communication can leave you and the client feeling intimidated by the process, which can cause a breakdown in the relationship and... Read More


A field guide to stock image licenses (and how to protect yourself)

Whenever you use a stock image, it is crucial to understand the licensing terms associated with it. Otherwise, you could land yourself – or your client – in very hot water, legally speaking. Unfortunately, like many legal documents, licensing agreements can be virtually indecipherable to the average reader. Making matters worse, the terms oftentimes vary... Read More

July 23rd By

10 stunning web navigation menus

A navigation menu can make or break a website, so it’s essential that you treat it with respect and design it with passion. But what makes a main menu great? I believe the best way to learn is by example, so I’ve prepared an awesome list of navigation menus from all over the web. They... Read More

July 16th By